28 December 2011

Homemade Gifts

Christmas = Faith, Friendship, Family underpinned by good Food & Drink!

I love the indulgent culinary delights and hearty smells that come with the festive season, don't you?
So, as part of my Christmas blog posts I thought I'd share with you a favourite recipy that I've made a couple of times already this Christmas to make homemade gifts for my friends. I'm sure you will LOVE these.... 
Cranberry, white chocolate and clementine tin cakes.
Hey I'm no master baker... so please believe me when I say these scrumptious muffins are fairly simple to make and you're sure to impress your friends and family.
I've been kind and photographed (almost) every step for you...
So, what are you waiting for?... Get your baking aprons on and weighing scales out !
  • 175 g / oz unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 200 g / 7 oz plain flour
  • 70 g /  oz golden caster sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • Zest of 1 clementine
  • 200 g / 7 oz white chocolate buttons, or white cooking chocolate bars
  • 175 g / 6 ¼ oz fresh or frozen cranberries

For the glaze:

  • Juice of 2 clementines
  • 2 tablespoons of caster sugar.
10 EASY steps.
Wash and scrub 4 small empty baked bean tins so the wrapper comes off.  Dry well and line with greaseproof paper.
Beat together the eggs, vanilla extract and milk.
In another bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and clementine zest.
Cream with the unsalted butter. It should take approx 5 minutes to cream together smoothly. 
Then pour in the egg mix and stir well until combined well.
Fold in the chocolate and cranberries. I like to break the white chocolate chunks into fairly small pieces so that they don't sink straight to the bottom of the mixture when baking. I usually find using a rolling pin to bash and break the chocolate inside a plastic bag great fun and a stress reliever!!
Divide the batter between the 6 lined tins and trim back the baking paper with scissors if the frills are too wide, just to neaten them up.
Bake for 30 minutes.
(monitor them closely after 25 mins if you use a fan oven)
Remove from oven and leave to cool on a baking tray. Meanwhile....
To make the glaze; dissolve and stir the sugar in clementine juice over a medium heat till it develops a syrupy consistency. Takes approx 5 mins to thicken up.
Prick the cakes several times with a skewer and spoon over glaze so it soaks through the sponge
(1 teaspoon of glaze per muffin).
Decorate the cooled tins with festive labels and pretty ribbon. I've batched them up, added a gift tag and presented them as homemade gifts... Maybe it's something you wanna try for New Years Eve?
DONE !!!
Easy peasy right?
Don't they look yummy?
Please feel free to try out this recipy -- I put it on here for YOU.
Please link back to this page if you decide to share this blog post with the bakers in your life.

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  1. Wow these look lovely - the idea of using empty baked bean tins is genius, am so trying these... Going to pin it!! Happy Christmas and new year to you xxxx

  2. Just off to eat some baked beans.......:D


  3. oh YUM....I'm going to have to try these! Thank you so much for finding me because now I can follow you!!

  4. These muffins sound great, and I love how you packaged them. I'm following you from Katherine's Corner Blog Hop :)

  5. Loving this recipe - what gorgeous creations hun!!!!

  6. these look FABULOUS!!! YUMMY!!!! OVER THE TOP!!!!! the presentation is just picture perfect and i can't wait to try these! thanks for sharing...i found you at Katherines Corner and i am now your newest follower : ) andrea from thecottagemarket.com -- HAPPY NEW YEAR and looking forward to seeing what is instore for the new year!

  7. The lighting on all of your photos is beautiful. It makes it all look so delicious.

  8. Oh my goodness this is a keeper!Thank you for linking up at Thursday Favorite things at Katherines Corner xo

  9. They look so delicious....you did a great job of the packaging....very pretty.

  10. Yum!
    I have got to try this recipe! :-D
    Love your blog ..... thank you for your kind comments on mine!

  11. Can't wait to try these they look so beautiful too! Think everyone's tried them but me! BOOOOO!!! Mum

  12. Mmmmm these muffins look so scrummy! nom nom nom! Great idea on the baked bean cans..they really do look fab. Thanks for sharing!

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  14. Oh they look so easy, yummy and pretty!!!

    Thanks for sharing at Create & Inspire!!



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